Friday, September 10, 2010

Quick Diet Tip

Too much salt in your diet? Many of us go beyond the recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams a day. While we need sodium for proper nerve and muscle function, too much can increase our risk of osteoporosis, kidney stones, gastric ulcers, and high blood pressure. Try to limit your processed, packaged food consumption. Sodium is often added during the production process. Watch out for "reduced fat" labels. Keep in mind that low-fat and low-calorie foods often have more sodium to compensate the flavor.
A low sodium diet doesn't have to be a bland. On greens and other veggies use olive oil and balsamic. The sweet richness of balsamic vinegar pairs nicely with bitter greens. Use roasted garlic on potatoes or pasta to create a slightly sweet flavor that will liven up your carbs. Spice up those eggs with a low sodium salsa. The tomato pairs perfect with eggs. Bored with plain chicken and other lean meats? Add some zing with curry to them. Finally, Let's not forget about fish and seafood. Add dill or old bay to bring out delicate flavors without overpowering them.

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